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Today I’m sharing with you a little tutorial how to make a quick and easy mini album,
using 2 flair buttons as a string tie clasp. I made this one in a small size and with only 4 photos,
but of course you can make this one in a bigger size and with more photos.
Start printing your 4 photos and cut 5 pieces of white cardstock in the same size as the photos.
A 6th piece of cardstock will be the last page of the album and needs to be a little longer.
This photo shows your starting point. I just changed the flair buttons into 2 others during the proces
and 1 piece of cardstock is missing, later in the tutorial you’ll find out why you need an extra one 🙂
Turn your flair buttons into brads, by peeling of the 3D tape and attach big brads
to the back of the buttons. Use a lot of glue under and over the brad
to be sure they’re firmly attached and give it a couple of hours to dry.
Now it’s time to create your cover on the first piece of cardstock and attach a photo
(and stamp or pattern paper) on the longer piece of cardstock.
Just keep in mind that you leave some space for the buttons.
When your cover and last page are finished you can add the buttons, like you usually would place a brad.
The next step is to create your pages. When you’ll open the finished mini album,
every right page will be covered with a photo and every left page will be your journaling page.
You have 4 equally sized pieces of cardstock left. To keep it quick and easy, you repeat the same pattern
with different colors of ink and paper. Stamp a third of each page with a background stamp and
cover the rest of each page with pattern paper. You can do some stitches where the paper meets the stamp
or cover that line with washi tape.
Keep your journaling simple with some facts. I did the ‘when’ and ‘what’,
but if you make an album with larger pages you could add ‘where’ and ‘who’, for example.
Now you can add your photos to the back of the journaling pages and make sure every journaling
page on the left matches your photo on the right. Your first journaling page needs to be attached
to the back of the front cover, that is why you needed an extra piece of cardstock.
I recommend to place an extra piece of cardstock on the back of the last page to cover up the
back of the brad and the stitching.
When all your pages are done, you make some holes in all the pages and place
some small rings to keep the pages together.
Wrap a piece of twine around the button on the last page and to close
your album, you wrap it around the button on the front cover too.
This is what the finished album looks like:
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